Disease Prevention and Control / Communicable Diseases / Chagas Disease

Southern Cone Workshop on Chagas Disease: Conceptualization of Epidemiological Surveillance

(Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2003)

Report (in Spanish, 16 pp, PDF; links in Table of Contents to chapters listed below, the titles of which are hereby translated for user orientation)

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I. Conceptualization of Epidemiological Surveillance of Chagas Disease
- Entomological Surveillance

I. Events Requiring Surveillance
II. Structure     III. Methodology

IV. Strategy
1. Non-Vectoral Surveillance for Primary Prevention
2. Non-Vectoral Surveillance for Secondary Prevention
- Surveillance and Evaluation of the Control Program
- Activities
a) Organization   b) Production   c) Evaluation-Supervision
d) Action with People in the Community

V. Indicators
- Data Analysis   - Situation Diagnostics
- Process Indicator

VI. Instruments     VII. Bibliography
Annex I:
List of Participants

Epidemiological surveillance is understood to be a set of actions that are carried out both regularly and continually, that provide enough of the necessary information for timely intervention through adequate means of prevention and control.

With Chagas disease, epidemiological surveillance needs to take into consideration both entomological (vectoral) surveillance and non-vectoral surveillance.

Workshop Objective: To incorporate into the INCOSUR-Chagas initiative a system of evolving instruments, strategies, and results of the surveillance systems that have been implemented in each country, through a workshop involving the member countries of INCOSUR-Chagas, the PAHO/WHO Representation, and the PAHO Regional Program on Chagas.

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